This month is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month! We want to highlight the experiences and voices of people from this community, specifically of those living with disabilities.
Many of us have noticed the racism and prejudice towards this community in the past few years--unfortunately, it is not a new occurrence. Oftentimes, because some stereotypes about the AAPI community are considered 'positive' traits, the prejudice behind this idea of the 'model minority' is minimized. With this month's blog, we hope to highlight some of the experiences of the AAPI disability community.
Overall, there seems to be a lack of representation and inclusion for AAPI folks who also have disabilities. Luckily, activist and author Alice Wong is a fantastic source to learn about these experiences and how we can improve inclusion and accessibility!
Alice describes different types of supports she utilizes, and some common misconceptions about people with disabilities. She also highlights how representations of disability are often biased and rooted in ableism.
The work she has been doing is amazing, and we are excited to see the impact she has on the community! However, there is still much work to be done in order to promote accessibility and showcase the stories of AAPI individuals. We encourage you to check out more of her work, including her book featured below!
About the Author:
Marissa is a graduate student at Illinois State University and has decided to create blogs for Marcfirst in the coming months to build awareness about important topics. Marissa has a background in women’s and gender studies, and uses this to locate high-quality research and understand diverse points of view that she herself can never fully experience.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are Marissa’s and do not necessarily represent the official views of Marcfirst.
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